This film explains and explores the advanced technology in today's coal industry through interviews with men and women who work in the mines and are proud of it. They tell the story of American technology and our national pastime of building a better mousetrap. This seems like a PR piece made to counter negative views of coal miners as troublemaking strikers.
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December 26, 2007 Subject:
Not the miners that I know.
Having grown up in WV,I can say that I have never really seen any film,hollywood or low-budget documentary,that depicts the average coal miner correctly. I am not a miner,but growing up in southern WV most all of us have family members who are miners. My father wasnt a miner per se,but was a preparation plant supervisor for many years. While the majority of people here claim to be christian and there are lots of backwoods churches,there is a variety of life here and the democrats actual had a stranglehold on the state for many years before Don Blankenship and Massey conned the state into voting against itself and going for the right wing idiots like Bush. The coal miner of today on average,is non-union,forced to work long hours,have known men to be fired for refusing to call a boss "sir" and in general the conditions are slowly reverting back to the days of the coal operator ruling the mens life. Some companies even punish the employees if they have someone in their home that smokes. I urge all of care about miners and the working man in general..fight Massey Energy tooth and nail. They are sending WV back to the early 1900's with their ruthless style of management and the lies and propaganda is never ending. They spent literally millions trying to help republican big business gurus elected to office during the last few elections. Time to stop this evil company from destroying our land and people. Thank you.
September 20, 2007 Subject:
Scary scary stuff here folks
I agree with the poster that this film seems to be PR assuring the authorities and public at large (i.e. government) that your average West Virginian coal miner is a God-fearing, church-going American. Because of the film's heavy emphasis on the Christian patriotic American homemaker imagery and "slice of life" narration from the miners and their wives, I suspect the film's specific purpose was to combat allegations of "atheist Communism" in coal mining unions.
The scariest moments of this film are between minutes 13 and 14, when the miner's wife is first seen playing a hymn on the community church's organ. Here is when she begins to happily discuss being her bearded husband's "helpmeet" and describes their two female children as "his" without sharing the possessive pronoun. She gave birth to him; yet "when his children grow up..." Shudders...
Caged canaries and soot aside, if you can stomach the film's nauseating Christian aspect, it holds nice hints of where our current religious right was nesting together quietly like baby snakes during the Seventies as the rest of us slept. A fascinating peek into the lives of those unlike ourselves.
And now let me read again my copy of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", so the coal miner's wife and her gleaming helpmeet testimony can remind me again of Offred. Say, where's the shop with the beehive sign on it? I need some milk and eggs, and we women can't read.